The music streaming revolution has arrived in the form of
Apple Music. Streaming services have been around for a while, but Apple Music’s features are getting a lot people excited. One of those features is
Beats 1, a live streaming 24/7 radio station with DJs from around the world.
Even if you decide not to sign-up for Apple Music, you can still get the experience of Beats 1 as a music discovery tool. It won’t help you listen to the exclusive interviews or get to know the station’s DJs, but it will give you access to their playlists.
Tweeting Beats 1
Developer Callum Jones created the automated Twitter account
Beats 1 Plays, which tweets out every single song as it hits the “airwaves.” In my experience it took just a few seconds for a song playing on Beats 1 to hit the Twitter account.
Twitter users can just follow the account or watch it update live. Non-Twitter users can visit the account’s webpage, but won’t see receive the live update feature.
This is also a great tool for Apple Music subscribers who missed the title of a song they were grooving too and want to make a note of it for later. As this is an unofficial Beats 1 account, it’s not clear if Apple will try to have it taken down.
Beats 1, now on Spotify
A collaborative Spotify playlist called
Beats 1 Tracks relies on a cadre of Apple Music enthusiasts to update it with recently played tracks. This is not the best solution since the playlist is really long. It’s better for getting a flavor of the station rather than an up to the minute track list. The playlist is at the mercy of Spotify’s catalog, so if a song is missing it may be swapped for something else or skipped altogether.